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Shaheen makes debut as Kiwis bat first in series decider

December 3, 2018
 

New Zealand elected to bat against Pakistan in the third and final Test match in Abu Dhabi from Monday.

Shaheen Shah Afridi is making his Test debut for Pakistan in place of injured Mohammad Abbas who has been ruled out of the game due to a shoulder injury.

New Zealand took the lead in the series when they beat Pakistan in a nail-biter at Abu Dhabi by just four runs.

Sarfraz Ahmed and his men bounced back in emphatic fashion at Dubai though and picked up a comprehensive innings-and-16-run victory over the Black Caps.

While the Men in Green have momentum on their side, they will be without two talismanic figures in strike bowler Mohammad Abbas and opening batsman Fakhar Zaman.

Abbas injured his shoulder during the second Test in Dubai and is likely to miss the South Africa series as well.

Zaman had sustained a knee injury during the second T20 clash against Australia and went on to aggravate the injury while playing limited-overs cricket. The left-hander is also expected to be out for a similar length of time as Abbas.

Squads:

Pakistan XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicket keeper), Bilal Asif, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi.

New Zealand XI: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Ajaz Patel, William Somerville, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

 
 
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